Letters

Shaniya Garner-Mueller: It's time to talk about sexual assault awareness

May 27, 2016 — 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. It took place in April. But what exactly did our schools do to raise awareness last month? Besides teach the young ladies self defense? Nothing.

I’m a senior in high school who has been a victim of sexual assault and it’s been tough trying to cope with what happened to me these past couple of months. I know I’m not the only one who has been victimized by sexual assault, but this isn’t something that most people openly talk about. I feel it’s time for that to change. Our schools need to start talking to students about sexual assaults more often. We need to teach young women that what we wear shouldn’t be the cause of rape or sexual abuse. We shouldn’t feel the need to learn some kind of self defense because we are afraid of going out and getting raped.

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Peter Brost: It's much more than the stink

May 27, 2016 — 

I attended two town hall forums to determine the facts regarding the local marijuana issue. I was impressed by the variety of speakers and shocked by their messages.

For several years I have noticed our community gradually declining, and after hearing these speakers I believe I understand why: increasing numbers of growers moving to the area, weapons associated with growers, daily home invasions involving drugs, increased homicides related to drug activity, theft and contamination of our water supply, family and domestic problems related to marijuana and other drugs, and a huge drain on our law enforcement, social services and education resources.

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Cheri West: Vote Strawser for supervisor

May 27, 2016 — 

As we await the arrival of our mail-in ballots and the June 7 primary, I encourage Nevada City residents to choose the most qualified candidate for District 1 supervisor.

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about both candidates and there are some distinct differences. Now remember, the office of county supervisor is a non-partisan one and it should be treated as one. It shouldn’t have anything to do with party politics, as both sides are trying to do now.

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Patricia Black: Stuck with cops-and-robbers approach to marijuana?

May 27, 2016 — 

I’m an octogenarian, 34-year Nevada County resident, nonsmoker, nongrower. Why am I so troubled by Measure W? It’s brought out the worst in everyone.

The supervisors have divided the county against itself, one side determined to stamp out the other.

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Lorraine Reich: Cell towers in downtown Nevada City?

May 26, 2016 — 

A subsidiary of Verizon has proposed the installation of cell phone towers above Friar Tucks in downtown Nevada City. Besides the eyesore of towers in our pristine historical “gold rush” town where there are no wires above ground, will the towers present health hazards?

The City Planning Commission takes up the proposal at 1:30 p.m. on June 16 at City Hall. In the meantime, learn about EMF’s and exposure issues. Join the community in watching the film “Full Signal” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27 at The Open Book. “Full Signal” presents scientists and individuals all over the globe who talk about possible health and environmental effects of the prolific presence of radiation across a living planet via satellites, cell towers, military installations, wireless antennas, and all the consumer gadgets (from cell phones to Smart Meters). “Full Signal” presents one hour of startling facts, mind-twisting visuals, and wrenching emotional vignettes.

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Betty Hood: Yes on Measure W

May 25, 2016 — 

Please vote yes on Measure W. It allows for growth of 12 plants — more than enough to control a potential pain. Growing more than 12 is just for the money for the grower.

It annoys the neighbors because of the large amount of water needed for growth, as well as for the skunk-like odor produced by the plants. Neighbors wanting to move away from the plants have difficulty finding buyers for their property — which decreases their value.

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Joanne Crouch: Who needs a yard full of plants?

May 25, 2016 — 

I am writing a response to a letter in The Union on May 11, by Marilyn Rosenbrock.

She insists that there is far more impact on society from using alcohol than marijuana. This is absurd, considering alcohol has been an enormous problem for many years — and marijuana is a fairly new substance invading our lives. No one is suggesting alcohol is not dangerous and addictive!

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Elise Hougesen: Please vote on June 7

May 24, 2016 — 

Thinking of not voting in the election on June 7 because of you are disgusted with presidential candidates? Well, please think again!

Congressmen and Measure W are on this ballot. People are already posting “No on W” signs on others’ private property. Their respect for private property seems limited to intimidating legitimate hikers who pass nearby their private property marijuana grows. My experience is that marijuana smokers disrespect people’s right to fresh, clean air when they smoke it. Legal enforcement is weak.

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Edward Falick: Vote Yes on Measure Y

May 24, 2016 — 

Paul Matson is to be congratulated for explaining in detail why it so important to vote Yes on Measure Y.

As a 40-year resident of Nevada City I am thankful that the town has resisted attempts in the past to “modernize” in the name of progress while flirting with structural change we have told franchises they are not welcome and be can tell the Airbnbs that they must follow the rules that are in place for our protection.

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Don Wells: Vote Yes on W

May 23, 2016 — 

Is anyone noticing that you can drive down Pleasant Valley Road one day and see Yes on Measure W and come back the next day and they are all torn down?

Did you also notice the No on W signs go untouched? Kinda lets you know what kind of people are behind No on W.

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Suzie James: Enough with the attacks

May 23, 2016 — 

An objection to Duane Strawser is that some of his backers supported the Tea Party. This information, gleaned from a left-leaning blogger, viciously implied there is some corruption going on and some incestuous relationship between Americans for Good Government and the Tea Party.

There doesn’t seem to be any objection to the Democratic Women (not exactly an agenda-free organization) making a large contribution to Heidi Hall. Perhaps some of her other contributions should be scrutinized as well.

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Janet Winston: Angels at the ARCO service station

May 22, 2016 — 

A very special thank you to all the caring people who helped me on Wednesday April 27 at about 1:30 p.m. A very unfortunate misstep sent me flat on my face in front of the office at the ARCO service station at the corner of Nevada City Highway, and Brunswick Road.

I was immediately surrounded by concerned customers and employees who brought me damp paper towels for my face then when I declined a call for paramedics helped me to my feet and inside to a seat. One employee proceeded to service my car and bring it to the office door. Another gentleman insisted he follow me in his vehicle as I drove down the street to the Yubadocs Urgent Care; then walked me safely inside.

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Robin Wood: Gotta love small towns

May 22, 2016 — 

On April 25, Robbie from Nevada City Dokimo’s, called to tell me that my husband had picked up his prescription, but had forgotten a manila envelope on their counter.

Knowing my husband was planning on mailing the envelope at Nevada City SPD, I thanked Robbie and called SPD.

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Bob Wilder: Why I'm voting for Duane Strawser

May 20, 2016 — 

Duane Strawser is a no-nonsense, straightforward individual who wants and will work toward the best for all Nevada County residents.

He would already know many issues he would be facing because of having served on the Nevada City city council. His opponent, Heidi Hall, has made the comment that should would continue to work in Sacramento and still represent the people of Nevada County. The position of supervisor is not part-time. The job requires 50 to 60 hours each and every week.

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Jenny Hale: What you don't know about Measure W

May 20, 2016 — 

To all of you who oppose cannabis, I ask, what is it that you are so afraid of? Let’s turn from the rhetoric and make an educated choice. Good sources of information include The Union, YubaNet “M” files, and Procon.org

Nevada County will continue to grapple with this issue. We need an ordinance that allows for flexibility. Measure W shuts the door on future input, and will be very costly for taxpayers to amend.

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Russ Hofeling: Poltical signs removed by vandals

May 20, 2016 — 

Hello, fellow Nevada County residents — I’m wondering if anyone has noticed as you travel around Nevada County that you see very few — if any — “Yes on W” signs? Kind of funny, eh? I see “No on W” all over.

Well as it turns out, as of May 16 more than 950 of the “Yes on W” signs have been removed or stolen according to the Nevada County Republican Party. These signs are paid for by NCRP and neighbors who care. It is illegal to remove these signs. I think people should take note of this, don’t you?

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Rem Scherzinger: NID gathers more than 5,000 butane canisters

May 19, 2016 — 

With community help, the Nevada Irrigation District has recently collected approximately 5,000 butane canisters found in and around Rollins Reservoir.

We understand that these canisters are used in the illegal and dangerous manufacture of butane honey oil (BHO). Winter storms produced a “watershed flush” that helped reveal this ugly problem that seems to originate mostly in the Greenhorn Creek watershed.

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Cooper Reid: Measure W is about property rights

May 19, 2016 — 

Regardless of how you feel about marijuana cultivation, Measure W is not just about banning marijuana cultivation as much as it is about property rights.

I am old enough that I still remember when we had a few rights. I have seen those rights slowly dwindle away throughout my life. The thing that bothers me the most about Measure W is, if passed we are allowing the government to tell us how we can use our land. Ultimately allowing more government control.

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Cathy Fagan: Diaper Project gets a boost

May 18, 2016 — 

The Nevada County Diaper Project would like to thank The Soroptimist International of the Sierra Foothills for their generous grant to purchase diapers and other needed supplies.

Thanks also to all the shoppers at Holiday Market in Penn Valley and Lake of the Pines for contributing their WOW points, which will also enable the purchase of diapers from the stores.

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Miriam Martin: Kudos to Grass Valley Police

May 18, 2016 — 

In our family we have a young man who has an illness. This often puts him in some distress and the Grass Valley police answered a call from this young man.

The police department has been so caring and understanding with this older teen, especially the officer mentioned on the front page of The Union on May 12. The officer is Zack LaFerriere. We do not know this officer personally, but he is so understanding of youth with mental illnesses. The article on the front page mentions that officer Zack runs a summer camp for youth. This is awesome. Officer Zack seems to have an empathy for youth in trouble and was gentle in his protocol. The other officer was so nice and let this young man take his iPhone in the car with him to listen to his music, while the officers were driving him to the hospital.

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Donna Cobb: Smiley Guys helps English language learners

May 17, 2016 — 

Kudos to Jesse Cohen, the owner of Smiley Guys Smokehouse in Grass Valley, for recently hosting a fundraising dinner for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL).

Everyone who attended enjoyed great ribs and other slow-cooked food for a good cause. A percentage of the evenings proceeds was donated to PiELL. Partners in English Language Learning offers free one-on-one ESL tutoring to adults in Nevada County.

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Linda Erdmann: Where are the signs?

May 17, 2016 — 

Hundreds of “Yes on Measure W” signs have been stolen and/or vandalized over the course of this election period.

Who could possibly have taken all these signs — sometimes within hours of placement and often under the cover of darkness? It couldn’t possibly be those who claim on their slick advertisements to want “fair government,” a “safer community” and desires “cooperation rather than division.”

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Link: hearing loss and prescription drugs

May 16, 2016 — 

Loss of hearing? Could be that it’s due to the prescription drugs we’re taking, a fact that, according to the book “Ototoxic Drugs

Exposed,” has been tragically under reported. The book (a mighty tome of over 600 pages), is authored by Dr. Neal Bauman, executive director for the Center for Hearing Loss Help in Pennsylvania. He defines ototoxic as a fancy name for drugs that can damage our ears.

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JoAnn Hinchcliffe: Vote 'Yes' on W

May 15, 2016 — 

If you live on property in Nevada County that is not truly rural, say a half acre or less, then an outdoor “grow” can affect you.

While I am sympathetic to those who need cannabis for medical purposes, it can be grown indoors. In addition, it may soon be available at dispensaries where it could be bought the same as pharmaceuticals.

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Lt. George Steffenson: CHP committed to transparency, accountability

May 13, 2016 — 

On April 24, a letter to the editor was published that was concerning to me as the commander of the Grass Valley CHP office. The letter related some strong language asserting inaction on the part of our office. As an organization whose mission is “to provide the highest level of safety, service and security,” it grabbed my attention and prompted me to dig deeper.

I discovered an investigative report had in fact been completed and the person thought to be involved in this hit and run was ruled out as a suspect. After the letter was published, I spoke with the victim, reviewed and answered questions regarding the CHP investigation report he had received on April 12, and I believe we addressed his concerns. Based on my inquiries, I believe our office handled this investigation appropriately. Additionally, should new information come to our attention regarding the collision, it will be thoroughly investigated. However, I still remained concerned that some of you, the people we serve, may still have questions.

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John Foster: Vote Strawser for supervisor

May 13, 2016 — 

Having served as your Grass Valley police chief for almost 18 years, I had many opportunities to interact with elected officials at the federal, state and local level.

Over the years I found it refreshing to interact with elected officials who had the following character traits: integrity, humility, courage, discipline, optimism. In my interactions with Duane Strawser as an elected official he has consistently demonstrated these character traits. Duane looks to serve others, keeps his commitments, tells the truth and inspires trust.

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Leah Schwinn: Vote your hopes, not your fears

May 12, 2016 — 

What are the values you hold most dearly? What behaviors do you admire in others? When are you most proud of your own behavior?

We live in a community that honors generosity. We endeavor to be kind to one another. We share. We work hard, but not just for ourselves or by ourselves. We work together, giving time to those projects that we feel benefit the most people, because we recognize that when people have their needs met, when they can take care of themselves and their families, they will reach out to take care of their communities.

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Michael Keene: Hospital Heroes deserve a 'thank you'

May 12, 2016 — 

National Hospital Week is May 8-14. It is the perfect time to celebrate the heroes who care for and provide support to their communities.

Every day, Hospital Heroes deliver our babies, mend broken bones, and save lives. They get us home faster through innovative care. They even keep us healthier through preventive care services that ensure we get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

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Thomas O'Toole: Lilly hits a home run

May 11, 2016 — 

Several weeks ago, Lilly Pruett, a senior student at Nevada Union High School, came up with a challenging idea for her senior class project; raise money for a nonprofit organization here in Nevada County. Raise monies while getting the Nevada County community involved.

Her idea? An all-county softball tournament to honor the county heroes that represent our law enforcement and fire protection agencies. As a result, “The Heroes Softball Tournament” was born. Lilly’s line drive for success orchestrated a sensationally successful tournament where eight teams played, families got together, had a great time, while raising monies for the benefit of our first responders. Another benefit of Lilly’s hard work was the surprise that so many Nevada County citizens participated. They all of came out between storms as the one day of sun shone brightly on her Heroes Softball Tournament. Never the thought of a rain check, in fact, the fans’ enthusiasm was contagious and there were more laughs than runs.

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San French: Vote 'No' on W

May 11, 2016 — 

It was baffling to read Keith Davies’s high horse screed touting the evils of marijuana (again?).

He promises an apocalypse of homelessness and drug addiction; and a descent into becoming like Humboldt, Mendocino, Boulder or Venice Beach. Yikes! He also asks us to ponder “... what this country would look like had there not been a War on Drugs?” Is he really serious!? The War on Drugs has been a colossal and insane failure by any measure.

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